These Boots Are Made for Marching: A Guide to Worldwide Protests on January 21
Despite a differential of nearly 3 million more Americans who voted for Hillary Clinton, come Friday, January 20, Spray Tan Voldemort is scheduled to be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. And while it’s still hard to wrap one’s head around the fact that the majority of the legislative power in the country is going to be wielded by a man who, to cite only the most recent example that Donald Trump’s narcissism and ignorance know no bounds, openly attacked Civil Rights hero and congressman John Lewis on Twitter the weekend before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it appears that yes, this is in fact real life. But while The Donald and his swampy AF GOP are presently hustling to roll women’s healthcare access back a half century, wallowing in the denial stage of our grief isn’t going to do much good; we’re up against it, ladies. Shit’s gettin’ realer by the minute.
As of this writing, there are 386 global protest marches that will take place this Saturday, January 21, that have been registered with the Women’s March on Washington website. Originally sparked by retired attorney and grandmother Teresa Shook, who started a Facebook page focused on the idea of a protest march in DC as soon as it became clear Donald Trump would win the electoral college vote, the march in DC is expected to be attended by hundreds of thousands of women and their allies. In two month’s time, organizers have worked to expand inclusiveness and intersectionality, putting together a platform to address women’s issues of equality and rights, yes, but so much more that will be under siege with the new administration: LGBTQIA rights, workers’ rights, civil rights, rights for the disabled, immigrant rights and environmental protection (check out their official platform here).
All of which is to say: This march is for anyone and everyone looking to join the fight for human rights and dignity for all. And yes, dudes are welcome. Don’t let the noise antagonists are putting out there distract, because it’s just that—noise; this march is for everyone wishing to make a stand against discrimination and hate. It’s about protest and it is about listening and learning. It’s about propping up your sisters and demanding we ALL get a seat at the table, because that’s what a Girlboss does.
- These five protest posters are ready for you to print and carry at the march!
- If you’re going the march in DC, it’s not too late to track down a Pussyhat. Or if you know how to knit and you’re marching elsewhere (or you just wanna rock a Pussyhat in the future), here’s the pattern.
- Here’s a list of 27 books you can read before, after and forever more to stay inspired and fired UP, ranging from the scholarly (The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt) to dystopian fiction (The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood) to poetry (Citizen by Claudia Rankine) and many more diverse, incredible reads.
- Check out this roundup of women—Billie Holiday, Janelle Monáe and Patti Smith, to name a few—who have written badass protest songs dating back to the Great Depression. Make a playlist. Listen. Repeat. Play it while you smash the patriarchy.
- First timer? A few logistical things to keep in mind: Plan your mode of transportation to and from the march ahead of time, i.e. schedule an Uber or Lyft to take you down there ahead of time rather than call one right before you leave. if you’re taking the metro in your city, load up your card the day before and it could literally save you hours. Wear comfortable shoes. Bring a phone charger. Wear sunscreen. Bring water. Bring snacks. Fighting the patriarchy will work your appetite, you know?